What concerns me is that Scalia's D.C. vs. Heller ruling in 2008 (?) basically affirmed a constitutional right for private citizens to bear arms with little restriction. My worry is that the gun reform we need would end up running up against that decision and the second amendment (as it's now interpreted) at large. Meaning we need to reexamine that amendment and I'm not sure that can happen in my lifetime.
Secondly, even if we implement strict gun control regulations, there are still SO MANY GUNS in the U.S. I am very confident I could get my hands on a high-caliber rifle through secondhand means if I really wanted one. So while I agree we need better measures - that's a must - I'm not sure that's enough. But I think as soon as we start talking "confiscation" people will start claiming TRYANNICAL GOVERNMENT.
A common refrain from people who are against any sort of gun control is that criminals will still get the guns. While that is certain to be true for some/many common street criminals I feel as though the "average mass shooter" are worlds away from common street criminals and that most would have no idea how to get black market guns. I know I would not have the first guess on where to illegally purchase guns.
(Note: I absolutely hated typing "average mass shooter" as it seems to normalize these horrible acts as every day events.)
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